Now, calm down. Some of you were freaking out because in a recent post I said that I’m done talking politics, and yet the title of this post is everything about politics. Now, just hold on, I’m not a hypocrite. Well, I am, just not in this instance. I don’t want to talk about world politics, I want to talk about story politics. Back to writing, back to my reason for starting a blog in the first place; I needed to be forced to write on a continual basis and blogging seemed to provide that. I haven’t had a wealth of time for my own stories, but I haven’t really had very many ideas either.
Government Corruptness seems a staple of nations throughout history. It is also one of the most overused plot points in fiction writing. Again, this is assuming that my concept of writing is flawless whether my performance of it be the same or no. Corrupt government is the cop out of actual conflict. To have an inside man is simply too easy and cliché to hold a reader’s interest without some manner of hook or twist. The evil insider in government is a way to side step espionage and grand scale attempts of assassination, theft, and terror. It also minimizes the use of fantasy elements. It’s simply too easy for the writer to have an antagonist or emissary in the heirarchy of the civilization.
Although the act of implanting a corrupt government is overplayed and has well run its course, there are elements that you can employ to liven up a dull premise. Reveals of main and well beloved characters as the traitor, magic enchantments bewitching men to play traitorous rolls, and many other methods of twists can add to the intruige of this standard theme.
However, I would much rather do away with this template altogether. If you actually take the time to set up a working government, you may be able to survive a story without political corruptness. This opens wide the door for great feats of infiltration and escape, espionage and spies. I find the story is much more interesting if the writer does not make it easy on his or herself to devise the plots. Make a perfect, seemingly unscathable world and then the magic happens when you can pull off a political heist against the odds. The excitement is more present when the writer goes deep and takes time to create these worlds and these scenarios.
Our world may be in a state of political corruptness, making the next move or our nation’s adversaries somewhat easy to predict. And, by adversaries I don’t technically mean any outside nations. We have enough enemies writing legislature and passing laws, we don’t need any more outside of our own government.
Hope this advice on government helps you in your writing and analysis of the same.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist